RSS icon Home icon
  • 2008 Kia Sedona EX LWB

    Posted on August 26th, 2008 ninarussin

    Second-generation minivan seats up to seven
    By Nina Russin

    2008 Kia Sedona

    2008 Kia Sedona

    The 2001 Sedona was one of the first vehicles to reflect Kia’s current focus on safety and  quality. When product specialists unveiled a prototype at the LA auto show, they received a lukewarm reaction from the media. Though the concept wasn’t terrible, it lacked key features such as dual power sliding doors, considered to be qualifiers in this market.

    Rather than staying the course, designers went back to the drawing board, fixing the Sedona’s problems before putting it into production. As a result, the minivan became one of Kia’s biggest success stories: dealers couldn’t get their hands on enough of them.

    The second-generation Sedona, introduced in ’07, is a bigger and theoretically better product. Minivan owners like options, and the new Sedona offers more of them: in particular, a long wheelbase version, that gives second and third-row passengers a lot more room.

    The 2008 Sedona packs a 250 horsepower V6 engine under the hood, and can tow up to 3500 pounds. The interior is thick with cupholders, bottle holders, work surfaces, and 12-volt plug-ins. Kia has maintained its safety focus, with five-star federal frontal and side impact crash test ratings.

    But having driven the car for a week, something doesn’t quite ring true. It feels heavy on the highway, and the fold-and-tumble seats aren’t that easy to fold and tumble. At the end of the day, I’m longing for the simplicity of the original car.

    Long wheelbase means extra legroom

    The test car is the upscale EX long wheelbase grade. A five-speed automatic transmission enhances the car’s fuel economy: about nineteen miles-per-gallon on average. Standard seventeen-inch wheels give the minivan a stable footprint, and dress up the exterior.

    The long wheelbase adds thirteen inches to the Sedona’s overall length. Tall adults will find plenty of leg, head and hip room in the second row. A pass-through between the second-row seats makes it easy to climb in back.

    Third-row seats have less legroom than the second-row, but they are more spacious than the rear seats in most competitive products. As a five-foot-six adult with relatively long legs, I had enough room to be comfortable on an extended road trip.

    High level of comfort and convenience features

    The EX grade comes standard with tri-zone air conditioning, power front seats, keyless entry, cruise control, power locks and doors, heated power outside mirrors and keyless entry. A luxury package adds leather trim, a power sunroof, adjustable pedals and heated front seats with two-position memory($1700).

    A premium entertainment packages upgrades the standard audio to a ten-speaker Infinity  system, and adds rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1000).  Power sliding side doors and a power rear hatch cost $200.

    Designers did a great job on ergonomics throughout the interior. A center console tray between the front seats expands to create a surface large enough for a travel computer, with four large cupholders for first and second-row passengers.

    The gearshift is on the center stack, leaving a space on the floor for stashing a purse or pack. Audio and dual-zone front climate controls are easy to reach from either front seating position.

    A display on the overhead console can be programmed for ambient temperature, compass, or fuel meter. A small overhead bin holds sunglasses or a garage door opener.

    A tilt steering wheel gives smaller drivers a clear forward view. Redundant audio controls help the driver stay focused on the road.

    Power seat controls on the front doors are easier to reach than controls on the seat cushion. The driver’s seat has an adjustable lower lumbar support. The filler cap release is also on the front door, where it’s easy to find.

    Two 12-volt power points at the base of the center stack recharge electronic devices on the go. A dual glove box holds the headphones and remote for the DVD system up top, and has separate shelves below for the owner’s manual and car documents.

    Controls for the rear-zone HVAC are in the headliner, near the left side door. Four overhead vents circulate air through the back. All three rows of passengers get overhead reading lamps.

    Extra options add extra weight

    The longer wheelbase and luxury package on the test car add about three hundred pounds to the Sedona’s curb weight, reducing fuel economy, and impacting performance.

    In stop-and-go traffic, the V6 engine provides plenty of power for accelerating into traffic and getting up to speed between traffic lights. But on the highway, the engine lacks the power to accelerate hard. This was especially noticeable trying to get into the commuter lanes during rush hour.

    A fairly large blind spot on the driver’s side is more noticeable at speed. Visibility on the right side of the car is quite good.

    A rear backup warning system that comes with the luxury package makes it easy to back the Sedona into a parking space. The passenger-side mirror flips down when the driver shifts into the reverse so he can see the curb to parallel park.

    A fully independent suspension feels a little soft, but that’s typical for a minivan. Standard front and rear stabilizer bars prevent excessive roll in the corners.

    Configurable cargo area

    Sixty/forty split third-row seats fold and tumble into the floor using two straps on the seatbacks. The operation is more difficult that I expected it to be, but once accomplished, creates a long flat load space big enough for large cargo.

    Second-row captain’s chairs fold flat, and can be tumbled forward to extend the load floor. The Sedona easily meets our bicycle-friendly standards. The long-wheelbase model can be configured to tow up to 3500 pounds: our minimum ALV standard. Roof rails are standard on the EX grade: crossbars on the test car are a $375 option.

    Standard safety

    All models come with front, side and side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, four-channel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Kia’s ten year/100,000 mile power train warranty includes five years of roadside assistance.

    The 2008 Kia Sedona is on display at dealerships nationwide.

    Likes: The Sedona has a high level of standard comfort and convenience features, and is less expensive than some of its comparably equipped competitors. The long-wheelbase model has an exceptional amount of legroom in the second and third rows.

    Dislikes: Fuel economy for the long wheelbase model is not very good. Third-row seats are difficult to fold and tumble into the floor.

    Quick facts:

    Make: Kia
    Model: Sedona EX
    Year: 2008
    Base price: $26,195
    As tested: $32,595
    Horsepower: 250 Hp @ 6000 rpm
    Torque: 253 lbs.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
    Zero-to-sixty: N/A
    Antilock brakes: Standard
    Side curtain airbags: Standard
    First aid kit: N/A
    Bicycle friendly: Yes
    Towing: Yes
    Off-road: No
    Fuel economy: 16/23 mpg city/highway
    Comments: Base price does not include a $725 delivery charge.

     

    74 responses to “2008 Kia Sedona EX LWB”

    1. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    2. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    3. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    4. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    5. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    6. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    7. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    8. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    9. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    10. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    11. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    12. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    13. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    14. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    15. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    16. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    17. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    18. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    19. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    20. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    21. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    22. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    23. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    24. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    25. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    26. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    27. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    28. Unquestionably believe that which you stated. Your favorite
      justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of.
      I say to you, I certainly get irked while people think about
      worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the
      top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side effect ,
      people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.
      Thanks

    29. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    30. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    31. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    32. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    33. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    34. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    35. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    36. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my trouble. Youre incredible! Thanks!

    37. Usually posts some incredibly interesting stuff like this. If youre new to this site.

    38. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    39. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    40. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    41. Currently it sounds like Expression Engine is the preferred blogging platform available right now. (from what Ive read) Is that what youre using on your blog?

    42. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    43. Im impressed, I have to admit. Seldom do I come across a blog thats both equally educative and amusing, and let me tell you, youve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about. Im very happy I came across this in my search for something regarding this.

    44. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass favor.

    45. Youre so cool! I do not believe I have read through something like this before. So nice to find someone with unique thoughts on this issue. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing thats needed on the internet, someone with some originality!

    46. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    47. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my site thus i came to return the favor.Im attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few of your ideas!!

    48. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my web site so i came to return the favor.Im trying to find things to enhance my web site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

    49. always a significant fan of linking to bloggers that I like but dont get quite a bit of link enjoy from

    50. we like to honor quite a few other web web sites around the internet, even when they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages worth checking out

    51. always a huge fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but dont get a whole lot of link adore from

    52. we prefer to honor several other internet sites on the net, even though they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out

    53. that may be the end of this write-up. Here youll uncover some sites that we consider you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over

    54. always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but dont get a whole lot of link adore from

    55. always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I adore but dont get a lot of link appreciate from

    56. below youll obtain the link to some sites that we feel it is best to visit

    57. that is the finish of this post. Here youll locate some web sites that we believe you will enjoy, just click the links over

    58. we prefer to honor many other web web-sites on the web, even if they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages really worth checking out

    59. always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but dont get a lot of link appreciate from

    60. always a large fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but dont get quite a bit of link appreciate from

    61. we like to honor numerous other online sites on the internet, even when they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Underneath are some webpages really worth checking out

    62. The best Kona Coffee took 16 centuries to arrive Online. Kona Coffee originated from the Arabica tree discovered 5th century although roast coffees best medicinal properties were not discovered until late 14th century A.D.

    63. that may be the finish of this article. Right here you will locate some websites that we assume youll enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over

    64. we like to honor several other web internet sites around the net, even when they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out

    65. usually posts some extremely intriguing stuff like this. If youre new to this site

    66. always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I enjoy but dont get lots of link really like from

    67. below youll uncover the link to some websites that we believe you should visit

    68. we prefer to honor lots of other world-wide-web sites on the web, even when they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out

    69. always a significant fan of linking to bloggers that I love but dont get a whole lot of link like from

    70. always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I really like but dont get lots of link adore from

    71. below youll uncover the link to some web sites that we feel you need to visit

    72. we prefer to honor several other online websites on the net, even though they arent linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages really worth checking out

    73. usually posts some incredibly fascinating stuff like this. If youre new to this site

    74. usually posts some extremely fascinating stuff like this. If youre new to this site

    Leave a reply